Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to seal a loan move to Serie A side Torino after the England goalkeeper was given permission by the FA to travel to Italy to undergo a medical.

Hart, 29, has been searching for a new club after being told by new City boss Pep Guardiola he will not be his first-choice goalkeeper this season and is free to leave.

After briefly being linked with Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland, the England international is now poised to complete a surprise move to Italy before the summer transfer window closes on Wednesday 31 August.

Hart was named in Sam Allardyce's first England squad ahead of their first World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday (4 September) but was given permission to leave the camp at St George's Park to travel to Italy.

Hart's City fate was sealed last week when the club completed the signing of Barcelona's Claudio Bravo, who is poised to become the club's No1 choice in goal.

Joe Hart
Joe Hart poised to leave City on loan. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

After captaining City in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest last Wednesday, he again dropped to the bench for the Premier League clash with West Ham United, with Willy Caballero given the nod ahead of him.

City have vowed to do everything they can to help Hart find a new club before Wednesday's deadline. "We will try to find a good solution for everybody," City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said. "We now have one week to make him happy and find a club where he has a real chance. We will try and help him because he deserves it."

England manager Sam Allardyce told reporters on Monday players would be allowed to leave the England camp in the coming days to complete transfers.

"I would (allow them to leave). I'm exceptionally pleased that I am not dealing with the last few days of the transfer window in the Premier League. Yes it can be a distraction and I will address the players about it today when they arrive so we can know as quickly as possible and can deal with it as quickly as possible.

"How we deal with it I don't know yet. I am sat here with my squad for the first time and hopefully there won't be any issues on that between now and when the window shuts."